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English Coursework - Romeo And Juliet

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English Coursework Romeo and Juliet Write a letter to one of the actors involved in Act lll Scene l, explaining to them the importance and dramatic qualities of the scene. Advise them about their character's role in the events of the play as a whole. Dear Antonio, Congratulations on your successful audition for the part of Mercutio in the play "Romeo and Juliet". Rehearsals start next week and it is important that you have a good understanding of the play and your character. In brief I am writing to inform you and give you an overview of the theme of violence in the play and explaining to you the dramatic qualities of Act lll Scene l. The tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet" is about two young "star-crossed lovers" that end in take their own lives due to their feuding families. Mercutio is one of the main characters in "Romeo and Juliet" even though he is neither a Montague nor a Capulet. ...read more.


Mercutio is like most typical men that use violence and fighting to show their masculinity, even when Benvolio warns him that "the Capulets abroad" and if they meet "we shall not 'scape a brawl". Mercutio replies "by my heel I care not" and does not back away from a fight. He does not try to stop any violence but instead he encourages it, taunting Tybalt calling him "my fiddlestick." Shakespeare shows the rivalry and that everyone hot tempered and ready for a fight. Act lll Scene l is one of the most crucial scenes in the play because it is tense and violent scene in which two of the main characters get killed. This scene is also in contrast to the romantic scene before it where Romeo and Juliet marry in secret. Shakespeare put this scene right after a very romantic one to keep the audience interested and make the play more exiting to watch. ...read more.


He can't get into a fight because Tybat is now his relative and that could potentially ruin his marriage to Juliet. But it does not work and Mercutio goes to fight for him. Romeo, not wanting his best friend or his relative to get hurt, intervenes, causing Mercutio to be killed by Tybalt stabbing "under Romeo's arm." Before he dies, Mercutio casts "a plague o' both your houses!" at this point he is feeling hurt and angry, but because he is always joking they don't believe he is sriously injured. This is the first time in the play where Mercitio is speaking in verse so you can tell that he is being serious. When delivering this line you could have one arm arm in the air and the other clenching your stomach where you nave just been stabbed. This is a dramatic part so to make the most impact you should be standing on something in the middle of the stage with all the other characters arround you shouting out your lines. ...read more.

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